Coach Shonda Stanton ended her 15th season in a Conference USA Championship Game.
May 12, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – When the 2014 season started, the Marshall softball team struggled to find an identity in its youth. The 2014 Thundering Herd was made up of eight true freshman, one redshirt freshman, seven sophomores and four upperclassmen.
Coach Shonda Stanton always said that if there was one thing she’d expect from this young Herd was that they’d be inconsistently consistent. Stanton assured the team that April would be their month and that with a few great days in May, they would have an opportunity to win another championship – they just needed to believe.
She was right. This team had yet another historic, record-breaking season.
Only team at Marshall to make four total appearances in a Conference USA championship game
First team at Marshall to make three consecutive C-USA title games
Second team in C-USA softball history (started in 2000) to make a championship game as a No.7 seed (UTEP 2009)
In conference history, Marshall is the first school to make three straight C-USA title game appearances besides former member DePaul, which went to six in row from 2000-05 before leaving conference for the Big East.
As a team, the Herd set a new record for RBI in a season with 244 (previous 238 in 2008)
As a team, the Herd set a new record for runs scored in a season, ending with 282 (previous 278 in 2003)
This season the top three hitters (Greene, Zerkle and Braxton) combined for the most hits in a single season in Marshall history (209).
First time in Herd history that three players end a season with 40+ runs scored. Zerkle with 43, Shae 41 and Greene 40. Only once before has Marshall had two players with 40+ runs scored in a season (Sierra Davenport 51 and Amanda Williams 46 in 2003).
Unable to access records since 2005, this is the first season the Herd had four players with a .400+ on-base percentage (Webster .455, Braxton .418, Greene .417 and Zerkle .401). In 2006, the Herd had three players with over .400 (Rachel Folden .485, Amanda Williams .430 and Jessica Williams .400).